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Weigh Down Diet
Gwen Shamblin's diet plan is pretty simple: Eat only when you're physiologically hungry and stop when you reach a "polite" full feeling (whatever that ...more
Apr 24, 2010
Apr 10, 2010
The Edge
Reading an old favorite for some escapism! I love Dick Francis and Tony Hillerman for a good mystery.
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Sep 24, 2010
Mamba Point
I'd give this a 3 1/2 if I could. I saw Mamba Point at the library and checked it out when I saw that it's written from the perspective of a foreign s ...more
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Jan 06, 2011
The Dante Club
Maybe I'd give it 3.5. This is a murder mystery set in Boston in the months just after the Civil War. Longfellow, with the help of other "Fireside Poe ...more
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Apr 23, 2010
The Slave Dancer
Great book, but a tough read. After I read Nightjohn I realized I hadn't read much about the slave trade. I don't know that I can emotionally handle m ...more
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Dec 11, 2008
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
This was a fascinating look at a time and a people I find difficult to understand. What kind of toughness/insanity makes you stay in a situation that' ...more
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Apr 29, 2012
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War
This was a fun overview of the Civil War written for kids --- I'd say middle school age. It includes quotations and crazy stories you probably didn't ...more
May 03, 2010
Apr 24, 2010
Forge (Seeds of America, #2)
4.5 really
I bought Forge and Chains (precursor to Forge) at the Valley Forge National Park gift shop, and it was really fun to read after learning abo
Nov 06, 2013
Nov 03, 2013
The Casual Vacancy

I'll admit to liking the premise. It's the anti "It's a Wonderful Life." A good man dies suddenly, and the breadth and strength of his influence beco
Nov 23, 2012
Nov 18, 2012
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
I think I've finally sorted out my mixed feelings about this series. I found the first book intriguing, the second a little disappointing because of a ...more
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Apr 23, 2010
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
I have to admit that my rating might be influenced by the fact that I finished this book on an election day that made history!

This is a fantastic look
Nov 06, 2008
Oct 28, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Completely addictive. I stayed up far too late reading this book, with my heart literally pounding toward the end. I'll give the warning up front, tho ...more
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Oct 21, 2008
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
Fun and interesting read about life in rural Iowa during the Great Depression. Two points have been rolling around in my mind since I finished the boo ...more
Sep 25, 2008
Aug 28, 2008
Homesick: My Own Story
I enjoyed this book because I identified so much with the main character, who spent her first thirteen years living in China. Though the time period m ...more
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Jan 12, 2009
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I found the story of the woman behind the famous HeLa cell line so compelling that I had a hard time putting the book down. The writer tells the famil ...more
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Mar 27, 2014
The Mysterious Mr Jacob
I'm hovering between 3 and 4 stars. This was an interesting look at one of the more mysterious and flamboyant figures of the late-19th century British ...more
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Oct 12, 2013
The Scorpio Races
I'm hovering between 3 and 4 stars. I really enjoyed Stiefvater's writing style, particularly after recently enduring "Tiger's Curse," by Colleen Houc ...more
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Feb 06, 2012
The Illicit Happiness of Other People
3.5 stars

I loved the characters (especially Thoma) and the subtle lampooning the author gives Chennai, I found the mystery compelling, and I found the
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Feb 26, 2013
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
4.5 stars. It's beautiful, difficult and thought-provoking. I came to love some of the characters, which makes knowing this is non-fiction especially ...more
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May 05, 2012
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
Fun, quick read about dealing with the changes that come with growing up. There's a fantastical element in that children in this family are hit with a ...more
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Apr 01, 2009
A Conspiracy of Kings (The Queen's Thief, #4)
Another good book in a great series. I didn't like it quite as well as I did the others, though I still really enjoyed it. Perhaps I didn't like it as ...more
May 20, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)
I'd really give it 2.5 stars. It's a fun story and I find the Indian setting interesting, but the writer needs a more aggressive editor. Also, there w ...more
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Feb 06, 2012
State of Wonder
This book has such a great sense of place and character. I loved the contrasting settings, the shades of "Heart of Darkness," and the questions raised ...more
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Sep 19, 2012
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The best and most interesting characters were shunted into the background while the author concentrated on those whose lives were run by addiction, fa ...more
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Apr 10, 2013
The Princess and the Hound (The Hound Saga, #1)
I really enjoyed this romantic fantasy about finding the courage to allow the world to see your true self. Lots of surprises, though I saw just a coup ...more
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Apr 16, 2009
The Red Tent
I did finish it, and I have mixed feelings:

I liked:

The description of what it might have been like to be a woman at the time. Pretty awful, most likel
Jan 30, 2010
Sep 18, 2008
Between Shades of Gray
This powerful story about the horrific events following the Baltic states' annexation into the Soviet Union needs to be told, but the writing got in t ...more
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Oct 03, 2014
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
There were things I loved about this book (Rose's story and voice, the realistic feel with a splash of fantasy), but it left me unsatisfied. I thought ...more
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Sep 19, 2012
America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines
This was a great read! I love the way the author tells the history of American women through the stories of real people. The book brings up lots of is ...more
Jan 15, 2010
Dec 30, 2009
Sweet Tooth
I don't understand the rave reviews. I found the main character flat and passive, and the plot seemed not much more than a history of her sexual encou ...more
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Jan 09, 2013
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